Puppy hit by train in Hamilton recovering with care, community donations

The Animal Friends Humane Society is helping a 3-month-old puppy recover after it was hit by a train in Hamilton.

The society received a 3-month-old puppy March 13, and it named him Trooper. The impact from the train amputated both rear legs and most of his tail.

Trooper will have surgery today. The left eye that was damaged by the impact was assessed by a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist, who confirmed that it cannot be saved. They will also be performing additional amputations on both rear limbs and tail.

Trooper laid by the tracks after he had been struck and was discovered by people walking through the area. After a vet’s initial examination at the society, it was decided to send him to an emergency clinic for further treatment and to get their opinions on his prognosis. Their ICU team got to work immediately. The society is asking for donations to help cover the cost of his care and as of Thursday, raised $4,292.

Tara Bowser, executive director for Animal Friends Humane Society, said a cart they believe will fit Trooper has been shipped from Paw It Forward 4D Foundation.

“He is doing so well and so much better than expected,” Bowser said.

The society is hoping to locate Trooper’s owner. For more information, go to www.animalfriendshs.org.

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